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Where's Wallis? by [Thacker, Brian]
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Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin all have ventured forth to provide vivid and compelling accounts of exotic peoples and strange lands. But none has ever been daring (or perhaps stupid) enough to arrive in a country not knowing a single thing about the place. Until now.

In the spirit of Stanley and Livingstone, Brian Thacker set out for far-flung lands armed with nothing more than an air ticket and an armful of immunisation shots. He didn't know the local language, the currency or even the climate of the various places he was heading for; not to mention their political, religious or cultural situations. He didn't take a guidebook; he didn't even do a quick web search.

And so it was that Brian found himself on an incredible journey that would see him set up home inside Gabon airport; dodge civil unrest in Togo; receive a history lesson from a Ghanaian prostitute; anger the Vodou gods of Cotonou; gatecrash the King of Futuna's party; become lost in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan; and narrowly avoid being shot in the backstreets of Bishkek.

Brian Thacker has so far managed to get himself lost in 72 countries. He doesn't have his own pith helmet, but he does own a lovely beige safari suit. When he's not lost in the African jungle Brian lives in Melbourne with his wife Natalie and daughter Jasmine.

himself lost in 72 countries. He doesn't have his own pith helmet, but he does own a lovely beige safari suit. When he's not lost in the African jungle Brian lives in Melbourne with his wife Natalie and daughter Jasmine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (17 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MPAIU2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #516,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 17 October 2016
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Fun as always
5.0 out of 5 stars These Books are Addictive! 3 May 2009
By James N Simpson - Published on
Where's Wallis has Brian Thacker travelling to countries he's never heard of before without doing any prior research, making any plans and without a Lonely Planet guidebook (and those who have read his other work know just how reliant he is on these average quality guidebooks to tell him where to stay and where to eat). Like all his other books, nothing spectacular or newsworthy happens at each place but Brian Thacker just has that knack of how to make what in reality such as being trapped in an Africa airport is quite boring, a just don't want to stop reading experience for the reader.

So in this adventure Brian travels (well attempts to travel to) the African country of Sao Tome and Principe the country which expired this book's journey as he saw its sign and a handful of athletes in the opening ceremony for the Olympics and thought, where the hell is that? He does make it to fellow African countries Togo and Benin. Pacific islands Wallis and Futuna (the book could have been called Where's Wallis and Futuna if he had agreed to his host's request) and then finally onto Asia with Kyrgyzstan.

Along the way Brian learns the pitfalls of not doing any research at all such as not being able to even get to his first country but also the benefits of being flexible such as being able to go to destinations suggested by locals and take up their hospitality as he hasn't booked accommodation in advance and finding beautiful beaches and so on without hordes of tourists on them.

If you haven't read any other of Thacker's books this is just as good a book to start with as it displays the high quality writing Thacker can reach.

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